Really you know that for sure? No chance Fisher and Les wanted to get younger and move on from SJ? That is possible right? They took a RB in the second round in the first year they where in control.Quote:
The front office/coaching staff wants to use him in a limited capacity in a RBBC approach and think he is worth x amount of dollars in that role. Obviously, Jackson still thinks he can carry the load (and maybe he can...just the Rams don't want him to) and thinks he is worth y amount of dollars.
When I say bad guy I don't fault either side, I know it is what it is... but in the end it will look like SJ left the Rams when in fact the Rams wanted to move on. That's how I view it.
From what SJ said yesterday he won't be back until he signs his one day retirement contract.
I was listening to SVP and Russillo earlier today and Jax was on the show for a segment. He said "it is going to be weird to put on a different uniform next year but I am looking forward to moving on."
Reality set in for me that he isn't coming back. Very sad
SJax is on ESPN NFL Live as a guest host... PR time
He's currently going down a long list he could see himself playing for.... making the Falcon the top choice.
Best of luck SJax that is until you play us!
Really you know that for sure? No chance Fisher and Les wanted to get younger and move on from SJ? That is possible right? They took a RB in the second round in the first year they where in control.
No, not for sure...just my opinion. But it falls in line with everything both sides have said. Yes, it's obvious the staff wants to get younger at RB. But Fisher said they wanted Jackson back ( just not at 7 mil as we both know ). I think the staff has enough respect for Jackson's skill, accomplishments and locker room leadership that they did not just want to get rid of him. The proof is that they didn't just cut him as you pointed out. If they had no interest, I think they would have done just that. In addition, Jackson himself has come out said there was disagreement on how he should be utilized and what he has left in the tank.
I think the staff had a very good idea on how they wanted to use Jackson for the last few years of his career and had a monetary value attached to that. Obviously Jackson disagreed. He said as much himself. I honestly believe the Rams wanted to keep Jackson but on their own terms which included working the youngsters into the mix. If Jackson had agreed, I think they keep him...if not, they are just as comfortable moving on. In the end..I think Jackson still sees himself as being able to carry the load and wants to approach the end of his career with that in mind. I think it's the staff's respect for Jackson that made it possible for him to decide how the end of his career would play out, not some back-handed attempt to not look bad in the fans' eyes.
Better wait and make sure he can play before you give him a nickname.
It makes me think about Marshall Faulk when Jackson came in. Marshall had something left, but he saw into the future with the teams start into decline and chose to bow out. I don't think SJ can see himself as part of this teams future as it starts its assent.
FWIW video with Jax interview on NFLN:
SJ39 is a goner 100%...
I have faith in Fisher n CO but no faith in Richardson and Pead what so ever. I am not so sure of this move by the Rams, only time will tell.
Is it just me...or does anyone else picture a future where SJ39 has the cruelest irony with the Rams in the playoffs next year, and the team he signs with flopping and missing the playoffs.
That...would be something. And as much as I love SJ i'd rather see my Rams in the playoffs over any team he signs with.
At the end of the day, it simply appears we are at the endof the road with SJ39......I hope he signs with a team that can get him his first winning record and some playoff football. Rams will be just fine.
The Rams and Fisher are doing the right thing by turning the page on the Steven Jackson era, much as it's painful to say and Jackson fans are upset. You do not let your franchise be held hostage to the past, and going into another year where you allow Jackson to start AND be paid big money is neither sound business nor sound football thinking.
Any serious competitor- especially a proud, long-time starter like Jackson- wants to KEEP starting, and still fancies themselves as a force to be reckoned with. That's the ego talking in a player. History tells us, however, that Jackson will go the route of Emmit Smith, another great back who toiled for a couple of more years (in Arizona) and was a shell of what he once was.
The issue that remains, however, is "who replaces him?" Is it running back by committee? Do we target a big time guy early in the draft? What do we do?
Those clammoring for Isaiah Pead must see something I don't see. In his limited time last season, he showed me absolutely nothing to suggest he's even remotely capable or qualified to be a solid NFL back.
This may seem crazy. I think it's time to move on. Jackson has been the face of our non-playoff RAMS for many years. I hate to see him go now as we seem to be heading into the playoff world of the NFL. It will be Jackson's loss in the end. The good news in my mind is that SAM BRADFORD now becomes the face of our franchise. I really think Bradford will gladly take on the role and prosper.
We sign Loadholt and draft a stud OL, then we'll see the speed of these youngsters come forth.
.....did I just say "youngsters"? gads
.....did I just say "gads"?